When culture breaks evolution.

6 Nov

It seems incomprehensible to most heirs of the Enlightenment that a concern for your family reputation could lead you to murder your own child.

Tangent: But I suppose it was the men of that very Enlightenment who spent their own time dueling one another other over matters of their own honor.  It seems just pointless and ridiculous, but at least all those involved had consented to be part of the pointlessness and ridiculousness.

In the case of honor killings, though, it’s just a continuation of the existing violence (forced marriages, disenfranchisement, genital mutilations, &c.) — all in the name of honor — already prevalent within the societies that accept such things.

It’s just one more part of that whole appalling continuum that says women are no better than livestock, and perhaps even less useful since your cow will never bring dishonor on the family.

My incomprehension in this matter runs fairly deep.  Then again, I never much got the supposed sacred devotion illustrated  in story of Isaac/Ishmael, either.


Update, 07 November:  Cenk sums it up better than I did:  “Anytime anybody mentions honor, run for the hills, ’cause somebody’s about to die.”


2 Responses to “When culture breaks evolution.”

  1. skaroba 14 November 2012 at 05:29 #

    Reblogged this on Demokrasi Kesukuan.

  2. liquid chillstep 19 November 2012 at 01:02 #

    Not what I was looking for but excellent anyway! Good for you!

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